All you poetry lovers, check out this wonderful documentary that will be airing on the CBC website March 25th! In this CBC Radio One Special Program, Where Have All the Poets Gone? Sook-Yin Lee gives “a surprising look at the conditions that inspire Canadians to express themselves through poetry.” Here’s a blurb about the documentary:
Sook-Yin Lee searches for a reclusive eighty-eight year old poet and ground-breaking CBC broadcaster. Uncovering the mystery leads her to question Can-Lit cultural myths and turn her attention to a new generation of Canadian poets writing a different path.
Sook-Yin Lee states the following about Where Have All the Poets Gone?: “in a climate where you can’t make a living as a poet and you’re lucky to get a publisher, poetry thrives. I set out to find a new generation of working Canadian poets whose expression reflects their struggles and convictions”.
Some of the poets featured in the documentary include BpNichol, bill bissett, Phyllis Webb, Stephen Collis, Shad, Irving Layton, Samantha Bernstein, Ronnie Clarke, Liz Howard, Vivek Shraya, Lena Suksi, and Guernica’s own Elana Wolff and Malca Litovitz!
Elana Wolff has published four collections of poetry with Guernica Editions, including You Speak to Me in Trees which was awarded the F.G. Bressani Prize for Poetry. She is also the author of Implicate Me, a collection of essays on contemporary poems, and co-editor with Julie Roorda of Poet to Poet: Poems written to poets and the stories that inspired them. A bilingual edition of her selected poems, Helleborus & Alchémille (Éditions du Noroît), was awarded the 2014 John Glassco Prize for Translation (translator: Stéphanie Roesler).
Malca Litovitz was a full-time teacher of English literature and creative writing for 25 years, in addition to being an editor, critic, performer, mentor, and award-winning poet. She was the author of At the Moonbeam Café and To Light, To Water, which won the 2000 Jewish National Book Award.
Click here to watch the trailer for Where Have All the Poets Gone? and here to read a CBC blurb about the documentary. Be sure to check out the CBC website by clicking here on March 25th to watch the whole film, and by clicking here to listen to the radio version!